New Music Friday: Orange Clocks

East Northants collective Orange Clocks have decided to release the audio from their appearance from the Sonic Rock Solstice festival this year, and this seemed like a good opportunity to find…

East Northants collective Orange Clocks have decided to release the audio from their appearance from the Sonic Rock Solstice festival this year, and this seemed like a good opportunity to find out a bit more about them.

How would you describe the Orange Clocks sound?
It’s psychedelic at heart but it can go in any number of directions, depending on who’s pulling it. All of us bring different biscuits to the barrel. Everything apart from techno biscuits.

What was the reaction like to the Tope’s Sphere 2 album from 2017?
It got a reaction way beyond our expectations; the album received great reviews online and in print. Everyone we’ve met has said they loved it, with the exception of the inflatable slide operator at Leeds Town Show, who made it quite clear that he didn’t.

This new release is the recording of your 2018 Sonic Rock Solstice gig. Tell us about the show. Why release it?
SRS was the first festival we got to take Tope’s Sphere 2 to, and it was the perfect home for it; it’s a festival packed full of psychedelic space cadets and the sounds to match. We were lucky enough to be filmed by a crew on site – Howling Mad Productions – who sent us the tapes after we’d played. Right out of the blue a few weeks later, the sound guy from the festival (Pete Wibrew) gave us the full audio from the show in 16 tracks for us to mix. After we’d pieced everything together as a full video, it just seemed like a good idea to let everyone else see and hear it. Bad Elephant Music [our label] were good enough to promote it for us.

Are your live shows what spur you on?
It’s a really fun part of what we do, especially having a slightly theatrical element to the performances – but we love the creative part just as much; jamming, writing and recording…

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire?
Not really. We’d been confined to a shed for about eight years, until Tope was born, when we decided to come out for some fresh air. You could say we’re part of the ‘#RushdenBeat scene’ – coined by James Turner at Bad Elephant, due to several of our labelmates originating in Rushden and the surrounding area.

Aside from Sonic Rock Solstice, what has been your favourite band moment of the past 12 months?
Occasionally being able to get the whole band together (eight of us) in one rehearsal room at the same time for a three hour practice.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Chas and Dave – Gold

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We’ll make something new soon… but we don’t make firm plans, just let it happen naturally and record it when it’s ready. We’d also like to play at Glastonbury, then be abducted by aliens…

 

 

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Across The Border: gig guide Oct 11th – Oct 18th

Following our inaugural ‘Across the Border’ article last week, here’s a quick run down of some of the gigs taking place at venues in the surrounding counties in the coming…

Following our inaugural ‘Across the Border’ article last week, here’s a quick run down of some of the gigs taking place at venues in the surrounding counties in the coming week. Know of something decent coming up in the coming weeks in the surrounding area? Let us know via the ‘contact us’ page and we’ll consider featuring it in our weekly round up.

FEROCIOUS DOG
Friday October 12th
Esquires, Bedford
It’s been a busy few years for Ferocious dog. Their latest LP, The Red Album, was released last year and in 2016 they played Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury and toured with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour. The band bring their mix of rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations back to the region on Friday night. Support is by The Dirty Tales. Tickets cost £16.50 in advance.

OKILLY DOKILLY
Friday October 12th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Ned Flanders-themed metallers Okilly Dokilly are in the UK for the first time and headlining the Craufurd Arms. The band from Phoenix have previously described their sound as ‘Nedal’. Their debut Howdilly Doodilly was released in 2016 and they’re currently working on its follow-up, Howdilly Twodilly. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15 in advance.

THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday October 13th
Esquires, Bedford

The James Taylor Quartet are gearing up for the release of their latest album Soundtrack from Electric Black. Taylor has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for more than 25 years, playing a mixture of groove jazz-funk. Support is by DJ Crip. Doors 8pm, tickets £17 in advance.

DIAMOND HEAD
Tuesday October 16th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Influential British heavy metallers Diamond Head are back in the region to headline the Craufurd Arms next week. Despite numerous line up changes over the years, they’re still led by original member – lead guitarist Brian Tatler. The band has been working on the follow up to their 2016 self-titled LP. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £12 in advance.

THE SARABETH TRIO
Wednesday October 16th
The Stables, Wavendon

SaraBeth, Glen Mitchell, and Vickie Vaughn have teamed up for form the harmony powerhouse SaraBeth Trio. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Texas, London and Kentucky natives are have been working with renowned producer Paul Worley. Doors 8pm, tickets £15.

SCOTT MATTHEWS
Thursday October 18th
The Assembly, Leamington

Novello Award winning singer songwriter Scott Matthews​ is playing the Zepher Lounge in Leamington Spa in support of his new album, The Great Untold. Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £16.50 before fees.

 

 

 

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Live Review: Slowthai

SLOWTHAI The Black Prince, Northampton Friday October 5th N-Town-raised rapper/grime artist on the rise, Slowthai (born Tyron Frampton), is destined for greatness as is evident at his show at The…

SLOWTHAI
The Black Prince, Northampton
Friday October 5th

N-Town-raised rapper/grime artist on the rise, Slowthai (born Tyron Frampton), is destined for greatness as is evident at his show at The Black Prince tonight. Announced months ago the gig is shrouded in secrecy, the venue only announced the day before, and sold out long before that. The Black Prince is the perfect venue for this gig.

The dark, hot, sticky-floored venue is ideal for the heavy, piercing and percussive performance, akin to early Dizzee Rascal (an easy comparison, but true), spat with equal parts venom and love to a crowd that resembles more ’80s punk than anything else.

He climbs the speakers, loses some clothes, throws some drinks, crowd surfs, moshes, heckles, and spreads love to his family. Slowthai’s encouragement to the people at the front to stare at the people just “standing there” at the back is some Jedi mind trick that makes your correspondent (just standing there, at the back) feel both annoyed at being called out, and, opposingly, want to be in with the crew at the front.

The music production is heavy and tight, minimal hip-hop/trap flavoured, but well layered and with just enough melody to emphasise the vocals without drowning them. That’s good because you need to hear these lyrics, they are powerful.

Anyone that gets a crowd chanting ‘NN’ is good. We are all products of our environment, and NN is mine, Slowthai’s, and yours. I didn’t know too much of Slowthai before attending this gig, but now I’m a fan.

NN.

Josh Astrop

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 10th – Oct 16th

JEREMY PORTER & THE TUCOS + RUFUS GOODLOVE Wednesday October 10th The King Billy, Northampton A rock’n’roll trio on tour from Detroit, USA. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram…

JEREMY PORTER & THE TUCOS + RUFUS GOODLOVE
Wednesday October 10th
The King Billy, Northampton
A rock’n’roll trio on tour from Detroit, USA. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons on their third album [from last year], Don’t Worry, It’s Not ContagiousDoors 8pm, free entry

THE DUALERS
Thursday October 11th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Much-loved ska/reggae duo. This show has sold out, check with venue for returns.

MISCREANT + THE TROPHY LIFE
Thursday October 11th
Club 43, Northampton 
Miscreant  bring a sinister and dark vibe to the UK metal scene, while achieving bouncy riffs with grooves. Support from five-piece post hardcore/metal band from Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

NEIL BROPHY BAND + SIR REG
Thursday October 11th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Two of the busiest touring folk-rock and Celtic punk bands of ex-pats based in Denmark and Sweden have joined forces and are on the road in the UK on a 10 day tour. Brophy is originally from Moulton. They had a single ‘The Record Collector’, based on Northampton record shop Memory Lane. Their forthcoming album True Stories covers songs of travel, revelry and life growing up in Northampton in the 1980s. Swedish six piece Sir Reg are fronted by Irishman Brendan Sheehy, and they are plugging their latest release The Underdogs. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

JENNY JOY
Thursday October 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
The voice of Joyrides, flying solo. Music from 9pm, free entry

PHANTOM ISLE + EARBONES
Friday October 12th
Club 43, Northampton
The alternative club ‘Rebel Waltz’ returns for a second outing, with Northampton/London psych rockers headlining and heavy blues duo Earbones opening DJs til the early hours playing all the anthems of rock’n’roll through the ages. Doors 8pm. Free before 9.30pm, £4 before 11pm/with flyer, £5 after

[sane] + GLITCH OUT
Friday October 12th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Recent New Music Friday stars [sane] create catchy, electronic music with a smattering of synths, samples and guitar riffs over crunchy, textured beats. Glitch Out is Far Cotton local Oscar Baldwin, who makes mind-bending breakbeats and Aphex Twin-influenced IDM. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ODDITY ISLAND + ROSS ALEXANDER & STEPH ASHCROFT + JACOB BRAITHWAITE
Friday October 12th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
A night of gentle strumming. Oddity Island are a five-piece psychedelic/folk -rock band, and currently recording a second EP for release soon. The Abrahams singer teams up with Ashcroft, and folkie Braithwaite opens proceedings. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT + BLOODY KNIVES + KILAMOJO + SKYFLOOD
Saturday October 13th
The Lab, Northampton
A night of experimental music from Hull [psych/garage], Austin Texas [space rock/post-punk], Northampton [groove/psych] and Corby [post-rock]. Gotta be done really. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR + KRIS BARRAS BAND
Saturday October 13th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Taylor has established herself as a star of the UK blues-rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country released her debut album White Sugar back in 2009. Latest, critically acclaimed album Wild [2016] included promotional performances on Later With Jools Holland and saw her part of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage. Doors 7pm, £22.50 tickets

LEVEL 42 + THE BLOW MONKEYS
Saturday October 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The 1980s/’90s hit-makers embark on a 19-date ‘Eternity Tour’ of the UK, with special guests The Blow Monkeys. Doors 7pm, £29.50 tickets

LUCKY SHIVERS + SH DAVIDSON + NIKOLAS GRAY
Saturday October 13th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Headlining quartet bring to mind Pavement and Grandaddy, whilst Davidson is the songwriter and driving force behind  acclaimed indie rocker Tellison. A solo Gray [with a full band assisting him] is known for his Kapowski, New Cassettes, Motherdeer, and Century City smashers. Doors 6pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOBY STARKIE 
Saturday October 13th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The socially-conscious folk-rockers plus new single ‘Spring Boroughs’, plus solo support set from the former VHS Pirates man. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + SKIRT + LUNA ROSA
Saturday October 13th
The White Hart, Corby
Noughties Oldham indie rockers continue their successful live comeback trail with a return visit to Corby, plus they celebrate the release of their ‘Jonny Guitar’ single. Local support of the same fevered variety as the headliners. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

CLIMAX BLUES BAND + BIG WOLF BAND
Saturday October 13th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
It’s now 50 years since the band were formed by the late Colin Cooper. CBB now have 18 albums of jazz and blues to plunder. Support is a blues-rock powerhouse quartet from Birmingham. Doors 7.30pm, £15 tickets

FALSE IDOL + LARGERSHOP + EX-PETS
Saturday October 13th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Headliners are an alternative rock band from Milton Keynes, formed in January 2015 from the ashes of Atonements. Punkish supports. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

WISHING WOLF + ODDITY ISLAND + JD BLUES + A TIME OF DAY + more
Saturday October 13th
The Old House, Wellingborough
Hart Family Brewers’ annual celebration of the harvest will have live music all day, headlined by a couple of Kettering bands: emo rockers, and a quartet that fuse folk, psychedelia with a punky edge. Doors midday, free entry
 
ROBIN NOLAN TRIO
Saturday October 13th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranfield
Robin Nolan is one of the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz guitarists of the last 20 years, having played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe. Nolan is accompanied by returning guitarist Chris Quinn and Dutch double bassist Arnoud Vandenberg. Doors 8pm, tickets?
 
CHICKN + THE RED TRIANGLE
Sunday October 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Greek art-psych noisesters plug their second album “Wowsers!, with support from the neo-soul/hip-hop six-piece. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
EMPYRE + THE SNATCHERS + THESE FIVE YEARS + MANAKING + MOLLY KARLOFF + WHO SAVES THE HERO?
Sunday October 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
A day of rock in celebration of OktoberFest. Doors 2pm, free entry
 
CRYWANK + KERMES + SAFEST SPACES + LUKAS SHARP
Tuesday October 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Antifolk/sadcore from Manchester, Leicester alt-rockers, an acoustic MK emo duo, and an indie-folk [also from MK]. Doors 7:30pm, £5 entry
 
THE SHACKLETON TRIO
Tuesday October 16th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Hailing from East Anglia, the Trio play a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month.  The band headline…

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month. 

The band headline the Northampton venue on Saturday, October 20, only weeks after the release of their latest album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.

Their 13th album sees the band revisit their back catalogue to reinterpret some of their most beloved songs with ‘strings and things’. It also features the new tracks How Far and The Somnambulist.

Echo & The Bunnymen formed in Liverpool in 1978 and are based around the duo of singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant.

Of the new versions McCulloch said, “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it”.

To enter the competition, email the answer to the following question to: 
competitions@newboots.uk
What is the name of Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 debut album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Bunnymen Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Monday, October 15.

 

Tickets for the gig are still available from the venue and cost from £32.50 before fees.
For more information, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk and www.bunnymen.com 

 

Competition Terms & Conditions:

This competition closes at 11.59pm on Monday, October 15, 2018. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Responsibility for prizes lies with promoters SJM and not with New Boots.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.

 

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Ten Of The Best: The Lovely Eggs

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st. Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011] Have You Ever Heard…

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st.

Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011]

Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion? [2008]

Fuck It [2011]

Wiggy Giggy [2018]

I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With [2012]

Magic Onion [2015]

People Are Twats [2011]

Allergies [2011]

I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too [2008]

Big Sea [2018]

 

 

 

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Across The Border: gig guide Oct 4 – Oct 10

Here at New Boots, our priority is always going to be championing the Northamptonshire music scene, the acts and venues based in the county, and those heading here to play….

Here at New Boots, our priority is always going to be championing the Northamptonshire music scene, the acts and venues based in the county, and those heading here to play.

However, there’s fantastic venues and promoters ‘across the border’ who are doing equally great things. 

With that in mind, today marks the first of what is (hopefully) going to be a quick weekly rundown of what some of the gigs venues nearby have coming up in the coming seven days which may be worthy of your attention.

DUB PISTOLS
Saturday, October 6th
Esquires, Bedford
After a cracking headline set at Bedford’s River Festival this year, The Pad Presents are bringing Dub Pistols back to the region. Mixing equal parts rock, big beat, dub and electronica, the band released their latest album Crazy Diamonds in 2017. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15 in advance before fees.

ENSLAVED
Saturday, October 6th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Enslaved are out on a short UK tour and headline the Craufurd Arms on Saturday. The Extreme metal five piece from Norway blend their sound with progressive, melodic rock and in 2017 picked up the Norwegian Album of The Year Grammy award for their LP E. Support is by Svalbard and KRAKOW. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 in advance before fees.

DR FEELGOOD
Saturday, October 6th
The Assembly, Leamington Spa  
‘Pub rockers’ Dr Feelgood may not have released an album for some time, but they’re still live favourites on the gig circuit. Ahead of joining The Stranglers on tour next year, they’re playing across the UK – including a gig in Northampton in November. Before then, you can catch them this weekend in Leamington. Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £17.68.

THE MOMS
Sunday, October 7th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
New Jersey DIY power rock trio The Moms are in the UK touring in support of last year’s LP Doing Asbestos We Can. Support at the Craufurd Arms is by The Run Up, The Dead Melody and Safest Spaces. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £6 before fees.

BARB JUNGR & JOHN McDANIEL
Sunday, October 7th
The Stables, Wavendon
Singer songwriter Barb Junger is teaming up with John McDaniel at The Stables for a night which will be exploring the music of Sting. Doors open at 8.45pm, tickets cost £20 in advance before fees.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 3rd – Oct 9th

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG Wednesday October 3rd Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so…

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG
Wednesday October 3rd
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so get in touch. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BONNIE DOBSON
Thursday October 4th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Canadian folk music legend, a star of the Greenwich Village scene and best known for her brooding post-nuclear war story ‘Morning Dew’. Bonnie will be backed by Lords of Thyme. Simply unmissable. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAST HOUNDS + THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + THRIFT STREET
Thursday October 4th
The King Billy, Northampton
Midlands lads Last Hounds produce music that is raw and provocative, fusing elements of punk, hardcore and hip-hop. Double dose of ShoeTown pop-punk in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

MR MORSKI + VHS PIRATES
Friday October 5th
The Lab, Northampton
Mr Morski is the head honcho of Balkan ethno rockers Gipsydelica and a huge force in The Turbans. He brings his eclectic blues, funk and jazz tunes to lift the soul. Locals VHS Pirates have been working on some new songs to move your feet. Doors 7pm, £5 entry [or £3 for members]

RAGING SPEEDHORN + SCURGE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER
Friday October 5th
The White Hart, Corby
Corby metallers play their first hometown show in four years. This is very intimate, and it’s first come first served on the door, so no messing around now. Doors 7pm, £8 entry

TONE LOCKED + SYCAMORE ROW + THE KITES
Friday October 5th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
Three rock bands and a DJ, in aid of local charity A Very Special Journey, who spread awareness of spinal muscular atrophy. Doors 7pm, free entry

MIK ARTISTIC’S EGO TRIP
Saturday October 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Three-piece from Leeds are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit, with their mix of rock’n’roll & dry West Yorkshire wit. Plenty of BBC 6Music support – and Glastonbury regulars! Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

BLOOD-VISIONS + NAILBREAKER
Saturday October 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
Hardcore locals bring their unique noise and incredible live show to the Gari, with new Rushden solo punk project in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

JANET ROBIN + STEVIE JONES + REBECCA RYAN
Saturday October 6th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Top US guitarist and songwriter returns to the UK to play this special intimate show. Her latest solo CD Take Me As I Am was produced by John Carter Cash (Johnny & Juneʼs son). She continues to tour nationally and internationally and averages 150 dates a year. Support from local singer-songwriters. Doors 7pm, tickets £7

ALEX GARDNER + JAMIE DARNELL + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + WILL BATES-HARRISON
Saturday 6th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
An evening of talented singer songwriters. Doors 7pm £5 entry

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON
Sunday October 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
English heavy metal band formed in 1995 by former members of Saxon, guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve Dawson. Doors 4pm, £7 tickets

SKY ARCHITECTS
Sunday October 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Five-piece progressive symphonic rock from Rotterdam. Doors 7.30pm, free entry[?]

WILL ROGERS + IRENE RAE + OAKLEAS RISE
Sunday October 7th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Another edition of Songwriter Sessions at its new home, with another trio of quality acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry 

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Karl Phillips & The Rejects UK tour begins this week

Northampton ska-punk wasters Karl Phillips & The Rejects head out on a two month tour this October and November. The ‘Plastic Gangsta’ stars begin their run of shows this Saturday…

Northampton ska-punk wasters Karl Phillips & The Rejects head out on a two month tour this October and November.

The ‘Plastic Gangsta’ stars begin their run of shows this Saturday night, October 6th, at London’s Islington 02 Academy, and the dates wind up on November 30th at Bedford Esquires. In between you can catch the six-piece at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton on November 2nd [acoustic performance], The Three Cocks in Kettering on November 22nd, and The Lab in Northampton on November 23rd. 

Go see why Phillips is the ‘greatest roadman’ for yourself.

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